The game of Golf has emerged as one of Rwanda’s shining sports-based tourism attractions. At IRONMAN 70.3, enthusiasts and newcomers alike were offered the golden chance to delve into the sport and experience its joy firsthand.
Coach Emile Nshimiyumremyi , an instructor from Kigali Golf Course, generously imparted the basics of Golf to all eager participants.
With an unwavering commitment to inclusivity, Amanda Isimbi, the deputy manager of Kigali Golf Resort & Villas, expressed the primary aim of their participation in the tournament. It was a mission to showcase to the world that Golf is indeed a sport for everyone, transcending barriers of class or status.
"The IRONMAN 70.3 race brings together people from many countries. When we come here, everyone plays, and an ordinary citizen can also embrace the game and forge meaningful connections," emphasized Amanda.
Kigali Golf Resort & Villas has consistently strived to popularize Golf among the masses. Their ’Academy Mobile’ initiative, showcased twice a month during the ’Car Free Day’ event in the City of Kigali, enables aspiring golfers to access opportunities to learn the fundamentals of the game. The resort extends an open invitation to players and enthusiasts, who can now arrive daily between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.
Moreover, Kigali Golf Resort & Villas fosters the growth of young talent by offering a year-long training program for children aged between five and 18, encouraging them to explore Golf either as a passion or a potential career. They are required to pay Rwf250,000 in annual subscription.
The impact of Golf extends beyond the realm of sports tourism. This beloved game creates employment opportunities for coaches, young caddies responsible for carrying players’ equipment, and countless others, further bolstering the local economy.
During the IRONMAN 70.3 competition, participants had the privilege of experiencing two vital facets of Golf. The first, known as "Putting," entailed carefully approaching the hole and deftly tapping the ball inside. The second, "Range," involved mastering the art of striking the ball with power and precision to achieve maximum distance.
Rwanda’s Golf-based tourism is thoughtfully curated to cater to various categories of enthusiasts. The country hosts esteemed tournaments owing to its top-tier golf courses, invites visitors keen on learning the game, and welcomes those who seek to combine their activities like meetings or tours with a taste of Golf’s allure.